Yesterday, I mentioned the "1950's Avengers" from What If? v1 #9 and it put Marvel Boy on my radar for reasons I don't know. And this is what I found out.
First, the Marvel Boy from the 1950's "Avengers" was not the first character with that name. He was actually the third, so we have Recycled Names x 2! (tm!)
This was the first one:
He appeared in 1940 or therebouts. I wish I had a copy of this, because the origin story of that character is quite bizarre if I understand it correctly. I think it's worth going through the whole thing, so hopefully I'll find someone with a copy they'll loan me.
But check out the Marvel Boy that appeared a few years later from U.S.A. Comics #7 and see if you notice something familiar:
Hmmmm... kids on a field trip. Okay.
Got so far? Keep going.
Whoops! An accident!
One of the students gets an injury!
Student now has super-powers!
Get it? The accident taking place on the high school field trip put something in the resident nerd's blood and said nerd now has super-powers.
I KNOW, RIGHT?
See? Nothing gets past our investigative journalism skills here at CMNS (also known as, "Whatever Adam happens to stumble upon).
Then things get really strange:
Hmmmm... if you can't sleep while forces of evil and oppression are about, you're never gonna get any sleep. That's just the world in which we live, folks.
This is kinda funny:
Um... I would have opened the window for you, Hercules. There was no need to punch a hole in my parents' house.
He seems rather aghast at the looks of that costume.
Strong as Hercules, fast as Mercury, wise as... Lincoln? You know, they took a detour from mythology when it comes to wisdom in SHAZAM as well (Solomon, the "S" in Shazam, was a Biblical figure). Why is everyone so afraid to give Athena her due?
Let's check out the costume.
Well, that's just unfortunate.
Fire is evil? I think that's a relative term. Fire can spare your life, depending on the circumstances. Fire just kind of is. I hate to get all Zen on you, but I don't really think "Fire is evil enough!" I'm not saying don't rescue the people inside or anything. I'm just saying perhaps you wouldn't be assigning morality virtues to fire if you had embraced Athena's wisdom. I'm just saying.
What a strange character. 10 years later, we have yet another Marvel Boy. For a stupid name, it sure gets used a lot.
See you tomorrow!